FLOODLIGHTS AND TOUCHLINES: A History of Spectator Sport

FLOODLIGHTS AND TOUCHLINES: A History of Spectator Sport

ROB STEEN    Book Number: 86218    Product format: Paperback

In the words of Nelson Mandela: "Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire... Sport speaks to people in a language they understand." If you were lucky enough to be one of 60,000 people in the 2012 London Olympic stadium watching Usain Bolt, you could only feel proud that you were also a member of the same human race as this affable, talented super sprinter. Spectator sport is living, breathing, non-stop theatre for all. Tracing their origins, evolution, impact and issues, inside the lines and beyond the boundary, the author expresses his gratitude to those who made this book worth writing - "primarily the runners and kickers and hitters and keepers who lit my boyhood imagination." The book offers a thematic history of professional sport and the ingredients that magnetise the world, from gladiators of Rome to the runners of Rift Valley via the innovator-missionaries of Rugby School. From multi-faceted British exports to the Americanisation of professionalism and the Indianisation of cricket, Steen addresses key themes and commonalities from creation myths to match-fixing via race, politics, sexuality and internationalism. He also of course touches on gambling and the mouse-clicking masses, class wars, ringmasters and governments, taboos and prejudice and sport and sexuality. A masterly tome of 786pp, much praised and first time discounted, 20 photos.
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ISBN 9781472922212
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from Anonymous on 15/10/2020
This was bought as a gift, so have not looked at in detail, but it seems to be an interesting look at sport, as both an event in itself, a reflection of society at the time, and its use as a political symbol.